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Tattoo and piercing hygiene rating scheme relaunches

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Tattoo and skin piercing businesses across Dudley borough are urged to sign up to a free hygiene rating scheme, which is being relaunched this summer.

Dudley Council originally launched the scheme before the pandemic to rate standards of hygiene and cleanliness and give reassurance to anyone thinking of getting a tattoo or skin piercing procedure.

Poor hygiene standards can lead to infection, scarring and illness.

A number of studios had signed up to the scheme but were forced to close during the pandemic.

With many businesses reopened and new businesses emerging, the council is keen to get the scheme back off the ground.

Councillor Ian Bevan with Jodie Knowles, a tattoo artist who has signed up to the scheme

Councillor Ian Bevan with Jodie Knowles, a tattoo artist who has signed up to the scheme

Businesses offering tattoo or skin piercing services can now request an official hygiene check, which will provide customers with the information they need before they make this permanent decision.

The programme, similar to the food hygiene ratings system which has been running for a number of years, aims to raise hygiene standards in the borough and help ensure members of the public are well informed when deciding which business to use. It also includes businesses that offer semi-permanent make-up.

When businesses apply, environmental health officers visit the firm to carry out checks, based on national guidelines for hygiene. The business is then given a rating from one to five depending on how well they score – with five being excellent and one requiring major improvement.

Councillor Ian Bevan, cabinet member for public health, said:

We’re really keen to get this scheme underway again and work with local businesses to give people the reassurance they need when considering a tattoo or piercing.
While the scheme can’t and won’t comment on a tattoo studio’s artistic abilities, it does allow people to make an informed choice based on hygiene.
This scheme is open to traditional tattoo and piercing studios but also to beauty salons which may offer semi-permanent tattooing such as micro-blading.
We have a small number of businesses already signed up but will be looking to expand it over the coming months.

Businesses taking part are awarded a window sticker and a certificate to display to customers. Visits are made regularly to monitor standards.

Details on how to join the scheme and the scores for all businesses already registered can be found by visiting www.dudley.gov.uk and searching for ‘tattoo and piercing hygiene’.

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